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Building Climate Resilience of Watersheds in Mountain Eco-Regions (BCRWME) [NDF C56]

Photo: Torbjorn Damhaug
Photos: Torbjorn Damhaug
3.09.2013
The project aims to improve access to and enhance the reliability of water supply for domestic purposes and irrigation for communities living in the watersheds of Nepal river systems which are significantly vulnerable to climate change

Nepal
Building Climate Resilience of Watersheds in Mountain Eco-Regions (BCRWME)
Ref. NDF C56

EUR 3.6 million
Project period: 2014-2019
Partner agency: Asian Development Bank

Objectives

The Building Climate Resilience of Watersheds in Mountain Eco-Regions (BCRWME) project is one of five components in Nepal’s Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR), which was endorsed in June 2011. It responds to Nepal’s National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) for climate change, which was finalized in September 2010.

The project aims to improve access to and enhance the reliability of water supply for domestic purposes and irrigation for communities living in the watersheds of Nepal river systems which are significantly vulnerable to climate change. The selected watersheds lie in six districts in Far Western Development Region: Achham, Baitaidi, Bajhang, Bajura, Dadeldhura and Doti. Access and reliability to water resources will be improved through a participatory program of integrated watershed management with interventions in upland areas to increase surface water storage and groundwater recharge, and to deliver water to locations where the community can use it. The communities in the project area will have more reliable water supplies in the dry season. Major beneficiaries will be women and disadvantaged groups. The project intends to demonstrate participatory watershed management planning and build the capacity of all levels of the government for integrated watershed development specifically focusing on water resources.

NDF financing is geared towards strategic technical assistance (TA) activities to complement and reinforce the core activities of the BCRWME project. NDF funding will (i) contribute to effective project implementation and impact monitoring; (ii) ensure long term sustainability of Project interventions; and (iii) provide a conceptual platform and knowledge base where lessons learned can be incorporated into Nepal’s water sector development plans to enable future replication and scaling-up of climate resilience investments.

The Department of Soil Conservation and Watershed Management (DSCWM) under the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation will be the executing agency. The implementation will require technical assistance. Asian Development Bank procurement rules will be followed in the procurement of consulting services.

Financing

The total cost of the project is expected to be approximately EUR 23.5 million. The costs of the NDF TA activities are EUR 3.6 million. Nepal has requested a grant not exceeding EUR 18.3 million (USD 23.5 million) from the ADB Strategic Climate Fund. Nepal will provide EUR 1.6 million (USD 2.0 million) in financing.

NDF Contact

Procurement Specialist Erik Holmqvist
Telephone +358 10 618 002

Related documents
Grant Agreement C56
Co-financing Agreement C56